Reaping the Seeds that We Sow…

Years ago I met Lou Reed, at an event in Dublin’s Grand Canal Dock, where I live. He wasn’t very friendly, and although the crowd at the event after the concert welcomed him, he actually didn’t want to know…not really..and he died not too long afterwards.

It got me thinking about his song ‘Perfect Day’ – Brian Hogan from Kíla sings a mean version. But it got me to thinking in the music business do we really reap what we sow?

Gardiner Music now works with Kíla, an 8 piece band celebrating their thirtieth year on December 22nd 2018 at The National Stadium. When I started working with them I really felt I did reap what I sowed…a band full of musicians with personalities I admire and who play music I love…

But this phrase ‘Reap what you Sow’ – it can work both ways.  If you are not confident enough or strong enough in how you want to do business in music..then the music business can go against you.

With Gardiner Music, I played the long quiet game and learnt that that expression – ‘Reap what you sow’…is so true. You set the tone for your work in music from the outset and the right people will come and work with you.

I reaped and I sowed, naively initially, so I reaped and I sowed again and I could not be happier in the job that I do.

Go see Kíla – December 22nd, The National Stadium… that’s my job and I love it, Caoimhe xfeile kila facebook (3)


Gardiner Music Update – Whats Happening !

So its been made clear lately to me that I need to start writing again… soooo I will start with this little update of where Gardiner Music is at…

Gardiner Music was set up as an initiative to promote music , musicians and charities…all at the same time. An idealistic concept…

To pay musicians and to raise money for charity at relatively small gigs is near to impossible.. at all of my gigs musicians got paid and charities got paid but to really raise money for charity and pay musicians a substantial fee, I needed to be running bigger gigs.

So what did I do? I focussed on my promotion activities and continued to do charity work in my spare time (something I need to do to keep me sane and balanced).

In that work I hooked up with Raidió na Life,  and the O Snodaigh brothers…Colm, Rossa and Rónán…individual relationships that lead me to work with Kila..their band.

I actually worked with each of the brothers separately…and differently and each of them wanted to work with me for different and the same reasons.

That first reason is I speak Irish..I grew up in the same world as the Ó Snodaighs, I attended the same Irish speaking schools as they did and I understood what it meant to be in a ‘minority Irish speaking community ’ from South County Dublin..

The second and more important reason is I get Kila’s music..why do  I get it?? Because I grew up with Sean O Riada. Planxty, Cor Chúil Aodha.. you grow up with music like that and it becomes a part of you…whenever I travel with Rónán he invariably hums a hymn from Aifreann Ui Riada…I respond instantly to the tune….As a Dublin Irish speaking music lover I get that..its not religious music its soul music.

So this is where Gardiner Music is at just now…I wanted to post this as a slow return to both writing and running my own gigs again which will happen in time… for now Kila and my radio show (Gach Luan ag a 6 ar Raidió na Life 106.4 FM) are my big loves and my big focus!!

Caoimhe x